Definition of REGRET: To mourn the loss or death of: to miss very much: to be very sorry for: to experience regret Merrian-Webster Dictionary
Top 5 Regrets People Have on Their Deathbed
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Regret always comes in hindsight… We regret the thing after the fact; loved ones gone, a dying warrior on the battlefield, a missed opportunity, kind words withheld, vicious words expressed, lingering resentments unresolved. In the end, the greater lesson learned is that life is full of regrets, but the difference between those who grow and those who don’t is the ability to move forward… Mourn. Heal. Press on.
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell
“It took me less than half a lifetime to realize that regret is one of the few guaranteed certainties. Sooner or later everything is touched by it, despite our naive and senseless hope that just this time we will be spared its cold hand on our heart.” Jonathan Carroll
At some crucial point in our lives, we come across a closed door. The door might be a gift or a curse; it all depends on how we choose to look at it and how we choose to respond to it. Could that door be the reminder we needed to take a new path? Was that door an indication that we had reached our natural limit? And while we linger, regretfully, at the closed door, have we considered that there is a blessing elsewhere? The second picture shows another way we view life; there is a closed red door after the open gate and sometimes, we miss the gate for the door. We focus on what isn’t available while ignoring what is there for us. In the ruins are other exits, other doorways to our dreams.
“If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.” Mercedes Lackey
“I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations – one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it – you will regret both.” Soren Kierkegaard
We all have “What If” moments in our lives… or if only things were different moments. Times of indecision about which direction to take, regret over our current condition or even forced circumstances make us wonder. Either way we look at it, regret is an emotion that makes us pause and wonder about our lives and how to make it better. Maybe the Zoo held Gorilla will be happy in the wild and the subway station musician at Carnegie Hall, but who knows? Either way, there will be regrets somewhere on the journey, so be strong. More Below 😉
“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” Sydney Smith
“I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.” Ingrid Bergman
Have you ever washed a favorite sweater by accident, only to find out that it has shrunk 3-4 sizes and could only fit a doll? We regret our oversight in putting the sweater in the dryer or washer. We think back to the wonderful memories we enjoyed in that sweater and, perhaps, the exorbitant price we paid for it. But nothing can compare to the loss of the owner of that ancient chainmaile vest above… Did he live to miss his sweater or, by its condition, did he miss his sweater over his missing arm? If we can imagine a worse case scenario each time a regret comes up, we can move forward a tad faster. Mourn. Heal. Press on. It’s all about perspective. Isn’t it? Tempus Fugit.
“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” George Sand
Why do what you will regret? Why bring tears upon yourself? Do only what you do not regret, And fill yourself with joy. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Gautama Buddha
Regret and loss are inevitable. As long as there is life in this world, there will be regrettable incidents and the death of a dream or a belief held dear. Staying focused on what good we can enjoy now, and making the best effort to lighten our load of sadness is a healthier road to take. Instead of living a life of massive regrets, spend some time on the problem, revisit the small photos and then the big picture, forgive your error in judgement, forgive the other, hug yourself and then step forward affirming the positive. Shed the regrets, and let them float away. Shed the tears, and let the river of comfort wash them away. Then press on. What are your thoughts? What photos depicting REGRET did you find? Was it easy/hard to find photos for your examples of Regret? Were you drawn to specific examples for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂 😉
My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections too. I listed several below. Check out how other bloggers interpreted the theme REGRET below. ***
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Regret Share a picture that means REGRET to you!
Positive Motivation Tip: Regret your woes, mourn them, heal them, and then move on… Tempus Fugit.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.
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